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Unformatted text preview: In the mid-1980s family care was often viewed as nonexistent, with a large majority of the general public believing elder loved ones were often institutionalized. This was rebutted by the research showing the vast majority of family caregivers assist older relatives daily, with over 80 percent providing care from one to five hours per day (National Academy, 2000). The synthesis of the research indicates that one of the largest benefits of informal caregiving is that it saves the American health care system substantial dollars. In fact, if societal informal care was not available, total long-term care costs would more than double as paid home care would be necessary (Hooyman and Kiyak, 2008). However, the costs associated with caregiving can be rather draining. Objectively, the caregivers are burdened by homecare through facing disruptions of family life and roles, employment and legal issues, financial worries, as well as health problems. Additionally, the subjective issue of burden for the caregiver encompasses the negative feelings and emotions aroused in the care of loved ones, such as anger, guilt, worry, withdrawal, etc. To decrease the burden of caregiving, Call, Finch, Huck and Kane (1999), suggest the relationships would be evaluated less burdensome when exchange partners live together and when caregivers are at a point in their life course when they can assume caregiving responsibilities unfettered by competing demands. As painful as caregiving might be for a friend, family member, or spouse, there are implicit gains one may make in this type of...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course SMS P8600 taught by Professor Pretter during the Fall '08 term at Columbia.
- Fall '08